Jason Wu wins Event 1 at Macau Poker Cup
PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa completed 2 events over the opening weekend of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon which runs from August 6-14.
Event 1: $3,000 NLH was won by Hong Kong's Jason Wu who bested a field of 166 players in the 2-day tournament. Wu collected HKD $108,700 for his victory.
HK's Anthony Wong was the decisive chip leader entering a Day 2 final that included the likes of Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin, and popular Malaysian pro Daren Yoon.
With 3 players left in the event, Wong had an ill-timed all-in with KQ against Wu's pocket kings which sent the Day 1 chip leader to the rails.
The battle between Wu and Yoon didn't last long as they got their stacks in less than 5 minutes into the heads up match. Wu held A8 vs. K7 and ace high was enough to win the opening event that paid out HKD $443,718 amongst the final 19 runners.
Event 2: Charity Event winner Marcus Ma
Event 2: Charity Event was won by Taiwanese Marcus Ma who outlasted a 96-player field which raised HKD $48,000 for local Macau charities such as Caritas de Macau and the MCDA.
Ma had a 2-to-1 chip lead as heads up play begun against former Red Dragon final tableist Percy Yung. On the final hand, Yung min-raised only to hear "all-in" from her opponent. After much deliberation, the former Hong Kong model decided to make the call and showed Q2. There was no luck as Ma held AJ and made two pair for good measure to end the weekend's action.
The Lin brothers from Chinese Taipei -- Hung-Sheng "Shaq" & Hung-Chang -- have been scorching the Asian poker circuit all year. 2011 Macau Millions winner Shaq has a stranglehold on the No. 1 rank at 3,996 Asia Player of the Year (APOY) points but his older brother has been no slouch either.
Hung-Chang made his 5th final table of the season in the Charity event -- giving the dynamic duo 9 final tables and 2 titles -- and moves him into No. 6 with 2,041 points.
Charles Lam closed the gap on Justin Chan for title of "best from Hong Kong" as his 7th place finish in Event 1 moves him into No. 15 with 1,357 points for a virtual tie with Chan (1,398). Yoon's runner-up finish in the same event moves him into the Main Leaderboard at No. 28 with 1,010 points.